What about COVID-19 and CBD?

Long-time readers know that my “go-to” sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and CBD:

CBD (cannabidiol) has been heavily promoted to prevent coronavirus.

For example, former NFL player Kyle Turley, who owns a line of CBD products, has tweeted that CBD can prevent and cure the coronavirus, and scammers have been sending text messages promoting CBD for the virus. 

While CBD has been shown to inhibit certain viruses in laboratory studies, there is no evidence that it can prevent or treat COVID-19 in people.

In a recently published review, researchers cited the lack of clinical evidence for CBD’s antiviral effects and cautioned “CBD sellers should stop promoting claims that are not backed by scientific evidence.” (Tagne, Cannabis Cannabinoid Res 2020). 

In fact, animal studies generally indicate that CBD dampens the immune system, and a study among children and young adults given large amounts of CBD to study its anti-seizure effects found that those given CBD reported more upper respiratory infections than those given placebo (11% vs. 8%, respectively).

Although theoretically, dampening the immune response could dampen the devastating “cytokine storm” that occurs in severe COVID-19, it is far too early to know if this would be the case or whether it might make the infection worse. 

CBD may be helpful for anxiety and anxiety-related sleep disorders, making it useful for people struggling with anxiety due to the current pandemic.

However, be aware that in a small percentage of individuals, CBD may worsen anxiety and insomnia. 

ConsumerLab has tested many popular CBD supplements on the market, some of which contained much less, or much more CBD than listed on the label.

It also tested products to see how much, if any, THC they contained.

The results, including ConsumerLab’s Top Picks for CBD, appear in the CBD & Hemp Extracts, Supplements, Lotions and Balms Review, which includes tests of supplements for people and pets, as well as topical products.

The Review also discusses the evidence for other uses for CBD, such as for pain, sleep, glaucoma and seizures, and movement disorders, as well as dosage, side effects, and potential drug interactions. 

Of course, the most important thing you can do to avoid infection with coronavirus is to prevent exposure by following the latest recommendations of the CDC and World Health Organization and take steps to stay healthy, including getting adequate sleep, keeping up with your daily exercise, and eating a healthy nutritious diet. 

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2020. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.

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